The history of G. Scotten Talent Center begins more than 50 years ago, when an observant grandmother in Indianapolis first embraces dance as a creative outlet for her very active granddaughter. That busy little girl was Vicki L. Gillaspy – Vicki Barth at the time – and she developed a talent and a love for dance performance that thrives today as a co-owner and director at GSTC.
By the time she became Vicki Gillaspy in 1973 and gave birth to GSTC’s other co-owner and director, Alyssa Scotten, Vicki had also made her mark as a champion gymnast, who years later would be inducted with her teammates into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame. After a few post-college years of coaching and judging gymnastics and training future cheerleaders in Bloomington and Indianapolis (she was also a cheerleader for ISU’s Sycamores), Vicki refocused on her first love.
Recognizing the same drive and potential that motivated her mother years earlier, she enrolled a pre-school and precocious Alyssa Gillaspy in dance classes in Indianapolis – and increased her teaching load to help pay for it. As little Alyssa quickly realized her own commitment to dance, garnering her first national competition trophy at the age of 6, Vicki accelerated her dance pursuits as a teacher. Besides her work as a staff member at Dance Arts on the Indy’s Eastside, Vicki concentrated on building dance and tumbling programs in Zionsville and, by 1987, in her garage as a Fishers resident in the new Sunblest subdivision.
By 1989, Vicki had founded The Dance Academy in Fishers, the predecessor to the GSTC performing arts school she and Alyssa would introduce to Hamilton County 10 years later. By then, Alyssa was herself an established professional, having plied her skills as a touring 14-year-old Dance Olympus VIP, a 19-year-old tour director at Universal Studios in Los Angeles , a 21-year-old cruise ship performer for Jean Ann Ryan Productions and the character Diane Lorimar in a national tour of “42nd Street” with Troika.
Alyssa then returned to Indiana and her first love, Eric Scotten. G. Scotten Talent Center – and Eric and Alyssa’s son, Oliver – were born in the next two years. Their son Elliot would not come for another six years. Since its inception, GSTC has been the premier performing arts school for dance in the Fishers area and has achieved wide renown for its talented performers and creative programming. As the founding director of the GSTC Performing Troupe, Alyssa has led the school’s competition students to a series of regional and national championship titles – as performing groups and solo artists at all age levels – while also cultivating a successful program for students who don’t compete.
And the beat goes on!
Respecting History, Embracing the Future
G. Scotten Talent Center, and it’s staff of instructors, have a deep respect for the art of dance and the performing arts. We are passionate about arts education and arts preservation, and we are committed to ensuring its development among aspiring teachers and performers of future generations. Traditions such as classroom etiquette, dress code, dance history and classical technique are combined with current dance trends and styles to produce a knowledgeable and well-rounded performer and future patron of the arts.
We believe that dance lessons are life lessons. From an early age, our students are able to grasp the value of being a responsible and respectful member of society, someone who is accountable, is able to get along with others, has a disciplined work ethic, a refined etiquette, a graceful attitude and a confident demeanor. Many of the values young students learn as part of a thoughtfully and expertly crafted arts program are character traits needed for a successful and satisfying life. As educators, we believe these lessons are just as important as the arts education we provide, and we develop our programs and our in-class presentations with this in mind.
It all begins with G. Scotten’s Pre-K and Elementary Division classes. We use repetitive teaching to reinforce correct habits. We believe the classroom should be a joyful and educational space where students love to learn and teachers show not only their love for their craft but also their love for their students and their progress.
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Instructors boast a remarkable resume of achievements, and they are true professionals in every sense of the word.
Celebrating 20 Years
what our families say
Testimonials About Our School
“I absolutely LOVE G. Scotten! It is definitely a home away from home for me!”
My son started dancing with me in the Tiny Tot class in 2009. Since then, he has trained with our wonderful staff of instructors. I couldn’t be more pleased with his progress. He loves to dance, loves his teachers and is great friends with his classmates. I couldn’t ask for anything more!
G. Scotten Talent Center has provided both my daughter and son an environment to thrive and learn the art of dance. We have been attending the studio for 5 years. They never hesitate going to dance class and love every minute they are at the studio. The instructors at G. Scotten devote their time, energy, and talent to ALL students. In addition, the instructors are excellent at giving constructive feedback to improve and praise the dancers for improvements. It truly is a family and I cannot imagine dancing anywhere else. In fact, when our family moved from Fishers to Westfield, it was an easy decision to make the drive for our kids to continue their dance education.
My daughter has been dancing at G. Scotten Talent Center for over seven years. She has gained confidence and strength, learned accountability, developed a team mentality, and built a family outside of our home. She has created friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. G. Scotten Talent Center has been a gift to Josie and we are grateful to walk with them on her dance journey.